Black Elemental is a boss in Final Fantasy X-2. It was once Jyscal Guado who became an unsent, and is located in the 40th cloister of the Via Infinito under Bevelle. It is the strongest fiend in the Elemental family.
Black Elemental has high Defense and Magic Defense, making most physical and magical attacks ineffective. It uses Berserk as well as Flare and Ultima, which can easily deal 9,999 damage to one or all members of an unprepared party. Berserk and Flare can be reflected, the latter dealing 1,000–2,000 damage. Ultima cannot be reflected. Black Elemental can't use Flare and Ultima if its MP is siphoned.
The player should prevent their party from going berserk and nullify the Black Elemental's magic via Black Mage's MP Absorb, the Gun Mage's Absorb, a Samurai's Magicide, the Mana Spring and Soul Spring items, or Concherer's Gunk. In the meantime, a Songstress can use the Magical Masque dance to nullify all magic attacks. Reflect and Shell can grant additional safety margins.
Once the Black Elemental's MP is gone, one can focus on killing it. The Gunner's Tableturner is the best offense, as it inflicts more damage to enemies with higher Defense. Also, the Cheap Shot ability does a critical attack regardless of Defense. One can also learn the Annihilator skill from the Experiment on a Gun Mage, which ignores Magic Defense. Even with modest stats, by Chapter 5, when Black Elemental is encountered, Annihilator always inflicts 9,999 damage (or more with Break Damage Limit).
Black Elemental can be bribed for approximately 65,000 gil. Alternatively, if the party has enough gil, a Samurai's Spare Change can instantly defeat the boss at any level. The player should equip the Highroad Winds Garment Grid to ensure the first strike.
Despite Black Elemental's extremely high defense and magic defense, it has relatively low HP. A Samurai can make short work of the fiend with approximately three uses of Sparkler. A Dark Knight using Darkness also works, however, it's much riskier. At least two characters should be immune to Berserk, one being the Samurai/Dark Knight. As long as the player defeats Black Elemental before it casts Ultima, it's a fairly easy fight.
Fiend Tale Edit
- I am the daughter of a maester in the Bevelle Temple. I studied the great traditions and rituals of Yevon since the time of my youth so that I may follow in his path. Though I was destined for greatness, I was met with disaster. I was assassinated by an anti-Yevon group.
- Do you know how maesters live? They have to live a virtuous life to serve as an example for people who worship Yevon. They sing hymns at daybreak and spend most of the day inside the temple, studying the teachings. Bevelle Temple takes a half day to fully clean. At dusk, prayers are offered to Zanarkand and thoughts are given to the fate of Lady Yunalesca. I was but a child, and there was much I did not understand. But I studied hard and lived a humble life.
- I had a good friend, about my age and height. The two of us were inseparable. We always sat next to each other at temple school. She, too, was the daughter of a maester. We kept each other going in our quest to become future maesters of Yevon. Oh yes, we would sometimes even grow enamored with the same person! I wonder what she is doing these days... I look like this now, so even if I. want to go see her, I can't. My hope is that she lives a long, fruitful life as a maester, for the both of us.
- There's one thing I just cannot understand. I have always obeyed the teachings of Yevon. So why would I be turned into a fiend? I do remember being killed at the temple, but... Why did I not undergo the sending? What became of my father? I must know the truth!
One notable Black Elemental was created from the spirit of a young girl who believed that she was a daughter of a maester in Bevelle Temple. Having studied the traditions and rituals of Yevon since the time of her youth, and knowing the inner workings of Bevelle Temple, she wanted to become a maester like her father. She even befriended another girl who wanted to become a maester.
She was attacked by an Al Bhed assassin working for an anti-Yevon movement. She found it odd that someone like her, having a virtuous life, ended up becoming a fiend instead of being sent. With Shinra creating a pocket world from her memories, the Dark Elemental learns she was a decoy and that her friend was the maester's real daughter with her dead body buried in secret. It appears the real daughter died during Sin's attack on Bevelle.
Like its weaker brethren of the Elemental family, Black Elemental has pitiful Strength, Luck, and Evasion and mediocre Agility. Its power lies within Magic, and it has absurdly high Defense and Magic Defense (even at the lowest of levels), and decent Accuracy.